Rotary Club of Balwyn Welcome Scholarship

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The Rotary Club of Balwyn has kindly established these Welcome Scholarships in acknowledgement of the difficult financial circumstances that those of asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds continue to experience in Australia.

These scholarships will assist those of refugee/asylum seeker backgrounds in the pursuit of their studies and in establishing a new life in Australia.

Swinburne’s Welcome Scholarships were established in 2017 in recognition of the hardships faced by people seeking asylum in Australia and we are grateful to the Rotary Club of Balwyn for their ongoing support.

Courses eligible

Any Diploma (including UniLink), Advanced Diploma or Undergraduate (Bachelor) course offered by Swinburne University of Technology.

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible for the Rotary Club of Balwyn Welcome Scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Meet the following criteria:
    • provide evidence of currently holding either a Bridging Visa 'E' (V050), a Temporary Protection Visa (V785) or a Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (V790).
  2. Meet the following enrolment criteria​​​​:
    • be a commencing or continuing Swinburne student in Semester 1, 2021
    • enrolled full-time in an eligible course (see courses eligible in section above)
      • part-time students are also eligible but must provide additional evidence to justify a part-time study load.
  3. Provide a personal statement of no more than 500 words outlining your resilience, determination and commitment to service. This could have taken place in your home country or in any part of your journey in coming to and living in Australia. You should tell us how you intend to contribute to your community and society in future. Also include in your statement:
    • how this scholarship would assist you to achieve your goals
    • your career ambitions
    • your passion for chosen course

Successful applicants should also be prepared to attend campus for a photo shoot with a member of the Rotary Club, and be prepared to attend one or more Rotary Club of Balwyn meetings to talk about how the scholarship has been of benefit to them.


The scholarship is valued at  $7000 (One-off payment). There are 3 scholarships available to be awarded.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed.


All scholarships offered by Swinburne are governed by a set of conditions. Please visit our Scholarship Conditions page for further information.


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